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Wookiee Bodyguards by wraithdt Wookiee Bodyguards by wraithdt
Hi guys! This is a new set of 12 artworks I did for the new Star Wars Essential Reader's Companion. Although the dateline for this book was a lot tighter it nevertheless was an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

As with the last book I will be posting them in the order of sequence as it appears in the Reader's Companion. Enjoy!

A scene from the ever popular Thrawn Trilogy. I believe this is from the 1st book, Heir To The Empire. Chewie and Ralrra take Leia to safety after an attempted assassination on her life by Noghri commandos sent by Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Trying to depict wookiees climbing and hanging from giant tree branches was really tricky but I think I managed to pull it off. Turned out better than expected.

Copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

You can get the book here >> [link]
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:iconogrebear:
ogrebear Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Superb work!
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:iconred-hag:
Red-Hag Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
My favorite trilogy! EPIC!
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Ziggy-FoxCat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why am I thinking of Gaston when I look at this.
WHY?
..."Every inch of me is covered with hair" ooooh...although this is more beauty and the beast....idk.
This is amazing though. x3
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/10/d…
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Caine001 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I remember that scene from that book; you capture it well! 
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B0bR0ss Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Great job!! very good you deserve a happy little cloud
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Would so love to see this series animated or filmed. Until then, I have this amazing picture. Thank you. 
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:iconbeerboy77:
beerboy77 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Absolutely amazing this is better than I had pictured it in my head, the words explode of the pages into your art !
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Lootra Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember reading about this in the books.  Neat!  :)
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wookies have always been the most awesome species in Star Wars.
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Tru-323 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Reading book two of Thrawn trilogy you nailed it 

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:iconkawaiku:
kawaiku Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I just did the same. Couldn't agree more!
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude!  THIS trilogy is by far one of my faves!  It's where you first meet Mara Jade and is another nostalgic one for me.  SO COOL!  Wow you really do these well!
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice....I enjoyed these books ,,,,
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DJ-Glass Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This scene was amazing in that book. It informed of what Kashyyk was like, and I was super disappointed when it showed up in the prequels and was rather lame. Your painting is wonderful!
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Ravenskysong Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I read this book it was aamzzinnnggg. Chewie trying so hard to keep her safe, but unable to outthink thrawn. Good thing the assassins had a reason to leave her alive. Kinda a desus ex machina to have them realize she's vader's daughter, but hey whatever works. I really like how you light things, and how you make the background detailed but with more muted colors so it doesn't detract from the focus.
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Rustitobuck Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Fantastic painting. Even better than what I imagined when I read the book.
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:iconrmandi:
Rmandi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I never tried that sloth position.
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Phill-Art Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
You really did pull it off! I also love Leia's portrait, the expression is perfect, while keeping her exact look. I also love the tall canvas size and composition, the tree branch shapes, the bark, the Wookiee dwellings, along with the fire giving focus and contrast on Chewie and Leia.
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drevillon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I remember reading about this scene in the novel. This is the third etched representation I know of the scene and the best so far. The first representation is a color one in the French comics book ”l’héritier de l’empire”, volume 3, drawingboard 15 by Olivier Vatine and Fred Blanchard. The second representation is a black and white one in the book “Heir to the Empire sourcebook” by Bill Slavicsek. The your one is the best.
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!!
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Sithspit Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought Wookiee claws were retractable; those look like regular claws. *shrugs* Doesn't matter...if Sue Rostoni signed off on it, it's "official"?
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RavenousDrake Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Writer
I remember this scene! That is so badass! :+fav:
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:iconkswwsk:
kswwsk Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
This is just pure awesomeness!
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:iconyaskata03:
Yaskata03 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember that! This is when assassins tried to kill Lea. GJ !!!
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Michael7S Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :wow: :deviation: :+favlove: :)
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S-P-OBrien Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just read that one :D
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RUshN Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Thats hot!
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:iconartbybones:
ArtbyBones Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This one's awesome. I've got to say, I'm really enjoying your SW work.
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IronNoodle Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Man that was good book, love your cover; looks like it just popped out of my imagination :D
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goldenavatar Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I bet Cheewie was thinking the same thing I would in a situation like that, "I'm gettin' too old for this shit."
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Angelstorm-82 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great capture of the scene. One of my all time favorite novels from Star Wars. Thrawn was such a good vilian.
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tumiaus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
free wookie rides!!!
:excited:
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EmperorMossy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply stunning! I love this moment from the books... You are a true master of your craft, good sir! There are no words to express my appreciation for your work.
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PurrfectlyUnique Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite sequences from "Heir to the Empire." What a beautiful illustration!
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R1VENkassle Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sir, are an amazing part of the Star Wars Universe.... love your work so much
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sethy-deathy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
sex position lol
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ShadowRaven2006 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you did an excellent job in capturing the position of the wookies, and the whole drama in one of the best scenes in any Star Wars novel
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
These uploads have been so fantastic they are *decimating* my brain! :jedi:
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Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You don't mess with the wookies.
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:iconzaxmon:
Zaxmon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!

Here is my Chewbacca: [link]
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this batch of Star Wars stuff is pretty amazing man!
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curry23 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
It turned out lovely! I love the light of the fire in the bg. I think Chewie's arms would be more curved if he was gripping on from underneath, hope that's helpful??? : )
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Deviss-SOA Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic job! I'm hoping to get a copy of the Reader's Companion sometime soon.
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JonxNYC Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Sick details. Also, Leia's looking hawt.
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HabitualNocturne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This should be a DD.... ;D
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byhorus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
awesome painting
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